Inside Dentistry
May 2016
Volume 12, Issue 5

Why Go Flat When the Ridge is Sloped?

Are you working harder because of convention?

How do you decide where to place an implant in a sloped ridge? If you align it with the buccal bone, you risk the loss of unsupported lingual/palatal bone (Figure 1). Alignment with the lingual/palatal bone will leave threads exposed buccally, compromising soft-tissue esthetics (Figure 2). To best manage either of these situations, bone augmentation procedures may be required, increasing chairtime.

Anatomically Designed

For patients with sloped ridges there is an implant specifically designed to follow their anatomy. In sloped ridge situations, OsseoSpeed Profile EV is the ideal solution for preserving the marginal bone and supporting the soft tissue all around the implant (Figure 3).

Simplicity and Accuracy

OsseoSpeed Profile EV Implants are available in a wide assortment of straight and conical implant designs ranging between 8-mm and 17-mm lengths. From implant placement to the connection of the final abutment, the unique one-position–only, implant-abutment interface makes the entire treatment procedure simple and predictable.

Efficiency and Esthetics

Using OsseoSpeed Profile EV can help eliminate the additional chairtime needed for bone augmentation procedures, while also supporting the existing hard and soft tissue needed for long-term esthetics.

It’s Documented

It is well documented that crestal bone resorbs after tooth extraction or tooth loss. Often resorption is pronounced on the buccal side, resulting in a lingual-to-buccal sloped ridge.

This situation occurs even if a standard implant is immediately placed in the extraction socket. Because bone-to-implant support is three-dimensional, it is important to have marginal bone support around the entire implant.

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